Give

Offering plates with giftsDifferent methods for giving at Good Shepherd are described below. Every gift given at Good Shepherd is a welcome gift, particularly when it is shared with gratitude toward God.

Pledge

We believe that everything comes from God and all we have belongs to God. Stewardship is about caring for the resources God entrusts to us. Giving to God is a spiritual discipline. As with other spiritual disciplines, it is helpful to plan and act with intention. Acts of stewardship are not about what God, Good Shepherd, or our neighbor needs. God has already assured us that God cares for all. Instead, the spiritual discipline of stewardship is about our need to give.

We invite all members and friends of the Good Shepherd faith community to make an intentional financial commitment, a pledge, for 2017. By doing so, you engage in the spiritual discipline of considering and committing to your giving.

Pledges can be completed online or on paper. The online pledge form is submitted directly to the church office where it will be seen only by Pastor Amy or our Administrative Assistant, Jenny Werner.  Or you may prefer to print out the paper pledge form using the link below.   A link to the “Intentional Percentage Giving Worksheet” is also below if you wish to print it out.  A pledge can be increased or decreased if the economic circumstances of the giver change.

Pastor Amy is available to support us in the faith practices of pledging and intentional giving. Please let her know if you’d like conversation around these topics. We understand that financial circumstances may change throughout the year – you are always able to increase or decrease your giving as needed.

 

Online Pledge Form 2017

Paper Pledge Form 2017

Intentional Percentage Giving Worksheet 2017

Your pledge to Good Shepherd is an expression of faith and a sign of personal commitment. Paper pledge forms are included in the Stewardship Committee’s annual mailing to all members of the congregation during the fall. The forms should be returned to the church and placed in the designated container in the Narthex or delivered to the church office.

Give at Church

These donations occur when the giver wishes to make a gift directly during the worship services. Typically, this is done by cash or check. Unless the Online Giving option described below is chosen, the use of offering envelopes is strongly encouraged.

Offering Envelopes

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Each year, a set of personalized offering envelopes is issued to everyone at Good Shepherd who has not chosen to use the Online Giving option (below). A choice of weekly or monthly envelopes is available. An envelope number is assigned to each household ensuring that the gift is accurately noted in church giving records.

Using envelopes is a tangible act of gratitude for all the blessings God provides and simplifies and ensures accuracy of the record-keeping process. Quarterly giving statements are issued to givers to ensure timely accuracy; annual statements are created in January covering the previous year.

Electronic Bank Transfers (Automatic Deductions)

Recurring gifts, such as offerings, and other contributions can be made electronically through the bill pay method offered by banks. The giver makes arrangements with their bank to transfer funds from checking or saving accounts directly to Good Shepherd. Using this method allows contributions to continue uninterrupted during absences thereby providing a steady and consistent means of support for the church.

Automatic withdrawal can also be arranged by Good Shepherd. A link to the Authorization Agreement for Automatic Withdrawal form is provided here.  The form can be printed out and, after the information is provided, may be given to the church office.

Authorization for Withdrawal Form

The household’s assigned ‘envelope number’ also is used in the bill pay method to ensure accurate recording of giving. Records of online giving are noted in the quarterly and annual giving statements provided by the church office.

Mission Assistance Fund

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Mission Assistance Fund at Good Shepherd Church is to follow the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:40 “Truly I tell you; just as you did it to one of the least of these you did it to me.”    At Good Shepherd, a committee including the Pastor, the congregation’s Treasurer and one layperson is given discretion and authority, within established limits and guidelines, to provide confidential financial assistance to persons in need.  The Fund is intended for individuals and families confronted with an emergency situation and can be assisted by Good Shepherd above and beyond social service agencies.   Funding is provided by the church budget and donations.

Guiding Principles for the Mission Assistance Fund

  1. Kindness and patience toward people are very important.
  2. Privacy and dignity of people are important.
  3. Good Shepherd worship attenders are our first priority.
  4. Families with children are a top priority.
  5. Emergency situations are more important than on-going requests for assistance.

Special Gifts, Memorials, and Funds

Gifts in these categories and to these funds allow the congregation to plan beyond the general budget for daily ministries to fund special projects and causes. Gifts may be designated for particular needs or be undesignated.

Gifts to the Mission Endowment Fund and Music Scholarship Fund stand on the shoulders of faithful people who have gone before us. They support the work and mission outreach of Good Shepherd for future decades by providing income, often be-yond the lifetime of the giver.

Gifts of money, financial instruments, and offers of physical property are welcome. The Congregation Council reviews all donations. To arrange for such gifts, consult with Pastor Amy.  The links to policies and fund descriptions found below.

Special Gifts

Special gifts are provided by givers when unique outreach projects arise such as anniversary events, Lenten offerings or other notable occasions in the life of the church. Unanticipated needs can also be met with special gifts for family distress, disaster relief, or the building infrastructure. These gifts can be designated for a particular purpose or occasion, or be undesignated and applied by the Congregation Council where appropriate.

Memorials

Memorials are given to honor loved ones or in thanksgiving for special events. They often are given at the time of an event like a funeral. They may be designated for a specific use or undesignated.

Good Shepherd adopted a Policy for Special Gifts and Memorials in 2012. It is reviewed periodically for updates or changes.

Good Shepherd’s Policy for Special Gifts and Memorials

Mission Endowment Fund

This endowment was established to provide annual distributions beyond the operating budget of this congregation to various ministries. The committee can only disperse funds from the interest earned according to guidelines established for the Endowment in the Bylaws (Continuing Resolutions) of the congregation.

Mission Endowment Fund Continuing Resolution

Music Scholarship Fund

The spirit of this award, established in 2012, is to support church musicians who serve Good Shepherd either as adults or students, and are at the beginning of their careers. An award may be used for graduate work or continuing education (such as conferences or workshops).

Music Scholarship Fund Guidelines